Queensland University of Technology (Australia) Developing sustainable and resilient food systems

With food prices skyrocketing and increasing supply-chain uncertainty, the Future Food Systems CRC and QUT will explore smart, sustainable solutions to food production and distribution challenges at an event in December.

The Future of Food Summit is a two-day event, involving a range of sessions at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus on December 1-2.

The summit features a diverse line up of industry experts, leading academics, government advisors and thought leaders in sustainable agrifood policy.

With topics ranging from risk and resilience in food supply chains and the future of food, to the importance of collaboration between government, industry and academia, there is a broad-ranging agenda designed to explore solutions to key challenges facing Australia’s food and agribusiness sectors until 2050.

QUT Office of Industry Engagement executive director, Dr Erin Rayment, will speak on research impact and real-world applications during the summit.

“This event is an opportunity to share how we can create real-world impact with our research,” Dr Rayment said.

“I’m looking forward to speaking about how QUT creates impactful research collaborations, highlighting some of the major partnerships with industry and government that we’ve established in the last few years,” she said.

“The beauty of this summit is that everyone can get involved – from paddock to plate. Whether you’re a farmer, producer, manufacturer or industry partner – there is a chance for you to be involved in shaping the future of food.”

QUT Head of School, Biology and Environmental Science, and Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy director, Professor Sagadevan Mundree, said the summit was a chance to engage with advancing sustainable plant science that had real-world applications.

“Making our agrifood systems more inclusive and planet-friendly is good for producers, consumers and the world,” Professor Mundree said.